Almost every public school district in Metro Atlanta made the call to keep school buses off the roads and students home on Thursday Morning. But Gwinnett County, the largest school district in the Georgia, kept its buses running.
Some students may have felt cheated by not having one more “snow day” after neighboring school districts where out. The news of Gwinnett schools opening on Thursday produced a mix bag of Tweeted reactions, and mostly from outraged students.
The Social media uprising during this week of weather woes actually made Gwinnett a top trending topic for several days in a row according to Atlanta.suntimes.com. On Tuesday students had hoped to stay home due to power outages in several schools, but thanks to Georgia Power that problem was remedied and that sent student into a Twitter fit. When the district did close schools on Wednesday along with other Metro districts, the Twitter wave hit again. This time there was somewhat of a backlash from Tweeter who wanted to know why school doors didn’t open.
So by Thursday unhappy students took to Twitter again working the now famous, #closegwinnett.
The reason Gwinnett County students where in school on Thursday was because the expected weather system did not produce the same snow and ice as it did in North Georgia. The Gwinnett School District made the call late and felt like it was safe for students to travel school routes.
To all the Twitter buzz, Gwinnett District Spokesperson Sloan Roach told CBS 46 News, “There may be a little more interest because folks were talking about it because they were not sure if we were going to be open or not. My advice would be on days like this, if you have not heard before it’s time to go to bed if we’re closed, just go on to bed.”
Gwinnett County students will make up their snow days on March 13 and May 21. Other Metro schools districts will also face makeup days.
School district across the state say student safety is the priority and they rely on information like: meteorologist predictions, and before day weather and road conditions to help them make the decision whether to open or close schools.
While parents may prefer earlier notifications for convenience and planning, school officials say it’s simply hard to give a fast and early answers as to when schools will close or not because weather conditions are constantly changing.
This is not the first time Gwinnett County Schools did not follow other Metro Atlanta districts by opening. January 31, 2014, the district made its own assessments and decided to run buses and open schools following the 2014 snow storm.